15 Best Sneakers Worn In The NBA Finals The Past 5 Years


We’ve already seen some impressive sneakers laced up in this year’s NBA Finals, but we take a look back and highlight the 15 best from the previous five championship series. You already know Nike has been blessing King James with some jaw-dropping PEs of his signatures for the Finals, but stars such as Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have also been wearing some envious selections as well. Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below which Finals kicks worn on court in the last 5 years ranks number one to you. And what sneakers from this year’s Finals would make this list!

Nike Zoom Hyperfuse PE

Worn By: Rajon Rando
NBA Finals Year: 2010

While known more for his play than his sneaker game on the court, Rajon Rondo and the C’s appearance in the 2010 NBA Finals, helped put the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse silhouette at the forefront with this dope PE colorway. And even though the Celtics ended up losing that series, and Rondo is now sponsored by ANTA, this killer colorway of the Hypefuse was clearly a winner.

Li-Ning Way of Wade Encore PE

Worn By: Dwyane Wade
NBA Finals Year: 2013

We know the Li-Ning Way of Wade isn’t for everyone, but this dope Encore Finals PE D-Wade laced up in the 2013 Finals is just gorgeous. That traditional Finals gold colorway makes these gilded really shine.

Nike Hyperdunk Low PE

Worn By: James Harden
NBA Finals Year: 2012

They might not be the flashiest sneakers on this list, but James Harden’s Nike Hyperdunk Low PEs, from the 2012 NBA Finals are just a clean. smooth look. Unfortunately for Harden and the Thunder, they just couldn’t overcome the Heat.

Nike Zoom Kobe IV PE "Finals" Home

Worn By: Kobe Bryant
NBA Finals Year: 2009

Kobe was hooked up by Nike during the 2009 NBA Finals with this Lakers “Home” PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe IV. Matching absolutely perfect with the Lakers’ white uniforms, Kobe wore these in Game 2 en route to winning his fourth NBA Title with LA.

Nike Zoom LeBron 8 PS

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2011

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the colorways LeBron’s kicks get done up in, so you’d be forgiven if you forgot about the THIRD version of the Nike LeBron 8 that debuted in this dope “Finals” colorway. Taking the fan-favorite 8 silo and hitting it up with such a clean and classic Miami Heat colorway, you simply can’t lose. Well, unless you’re playing against an in-his-prime Dirk Nowitzki, like the Heat were in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Jordan XX8 PE

Worn By: Ray Allen
NBA Finals Year: 2013

Ray Ray has enough dope PEs (and now, Finals experience to go with it) that he could probably take all the spots on this list by himself. But we’re particularly fond of the Air Jordan XX8 PEs he laced up while leading his team to victory over the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. We understand that shrouded sneakers aren’t for everyone, but these are just awesome.

Nike Zoom LeBron 8 V3

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2011

Yup, another colorway of the LeBron 8 makes the list. We actually like these better than the red version because of the combination of the white and red really make the tongue and that Air Max unit really pop. Unfortunately for LeBron and company, 2011 just wasn’t their year.

Nike Zoom Kobe IV PE "Finals"

Worn By: Kobe Bryant
NBA Finals Year: 2009

With more NBA Finals experience than anyone on this list, it’s no wonder Kobe Bryant lands near the top. In 2009, while rolling over the Orlando Magic in 5 games, Mamba laced up these wild Zoom Kobe IVs. Sure, the cumulative hatred towards the Lakers makes many folks hate the combination of purple and gold. But even Celtics fans can agree that these kicks are nice. They may want to burn them, but they are dope…that’s science.

LeBron X Elite "Finals" Black/Gold

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2013

One of three unique, and all very dope, PE colorways LeBron rocked during last year’s NBA Finals, you could find him wearing this sleek black/metallic gold makeup on the road matched-up with the Heat’s black jerseys. Pair these up with some black socks as LeBron did, and these are just a cold look on the court.

Air Jordan IV "Military Blue"

Worn By: Kendrick Perkins
NBA Finals Year: 2012

Perk isn’t typically known for bringing out the sneaker heat. But then again, the NBA Finals is an exception to many rules. With KD and LeBron showing out in the footwear department, Big Perk had to step it up. And he did so by wearing the classic Air Jordan IV “Military Blue,” while also swapping in gold laces.

Nike LeBron 9 Elite PE "Finals"

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2012

With King James facing off against KD and the Thunder in the NBA Finals in 2012, you just knew Nike would come with it on the sneaker front…and we weren’t disappointed. These LeBron 9 “Finals” PEs are just fantastic.

Nike LeBron 9 "Elite" White/Metallic Gold

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2012

Another ‘elite’ entry for King James! The fusion of high-performance and style, the LeBron 9 Elite was a sight to behold. Both colorways were excellent, but we really like the white colorway he laced up at home against the Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals and these were the sneakers LeBron wore when they wrapped up the series.

Nike Kobe V "Big Stage"

Worn By: Kobe Bryant
NBA Finals Year: 2010

Some of our favorite Kobes of all time, the Kobe V “Big Stage” came in two colorways, a white “Home” version and a black “Away” version. And truly, you can’t go wrong with either, but the white/gold “Home” editions are some of the cleanest Kobe’s we’ve ever seen.

Nike LeBron X PE "Finals"

Worn By: LeBron James
NBA Finals Year: 2013

Sure, when you’ve made the NBA Finals three years running, as LeBron had in 2013, you’re gonna have options in the signature sneaker colorway department. And the LeBron X “Elite” makeups King James donned against the Spurs last year were gorgeous. But, we were particularly taken with the predominantly red “Finals” PEs. These are the definition of head-turners.

Nike Zoom KD IV White/Gold "Finals"

Worn By: Kevin Durant
NBA Finals Year: 2012

The Nike Zoom KD IV is one of the best Nike signature silos of the past decade. So it’s no wonder that KD’s white/gold “Finals” PEs rank so highly on our list. Interestingly they didn’t get the official “Elite” treatment, but they did follow suit in the colorway department. KD rocked these in his first and only (so far) NBA Finals appearance, in 2012 against the Heat.


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